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The name Haala means many things, including "glory", "halo of light", and "halo around the moon". As her name implies, Haala dances with warmth, spirit, and just a hint of mystery.

Haala has over 14 years of Belly Dance experience and has studied with internationally renowned instructors such as Mahmoud Reda and Faridha Famhy of the Mahmoud Reda Dance Troupe of Egypt, Mohamed Shahin, Bozenka, Aziza, Virginia, Ava Fleming, Aisha Ali, Saqra, Eva Cernik, Souhail Kaspar, Issam of the Bellydance Superstars, Karim Nagi of Turbo Tabla, and Tayyar Ekdeniz.

Haala is based out of Cary, in the heart of the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill "Triangle" area of North Carolina. She is available to travel out of town for special events.

Her dance style and costuming are based on the authentic forms of Raqs Sharqi (Oriental staged bellydance) as it is done in Egypt. She can also incorporate other regional styles, such as Turkish, Lebanese, Greek, Persian, Moroccan, and American Orientale into her performances. Occasionally, she mixes in Folkloric dance selections from Egypt and Turkey, as well as less-traditional elements such as candles, double veil or Wings of Isis for theatrical effect.

Haala has experience performing at: picture of Haala

  • Public Festivals and Events, such as Raleigh Wide Open Festival, the Raleigh Health and Wellness Expo, and various Arabian Nights and International Festivals.

  • Universities and Schools, such as Meredith College, St. Mary's School, UNC, Vance-Granville Community College, Wake Tech, Garner High School, and Louisburg Community College.

  • Corporate Health and Wellness Events, for companies such as GE, NetApp, and the Cary Jaycees.

  • Local Nightclubs and Restaurants, such as The Chefs of India, Taverna Agora, and Oliver Twist Lounge.

  • Special Celebrations, such as birthday parties, anniversaries, bridal showers, baby showers, fitness parties, and weddings.

In addition, she has done outreach work promoting bellydance in the community through her work with NCbellydance.org and presentations at schools and other institutions.

Visit the Upcoming Performances page to see where Haala is performing soon, and visit the Booking Information page to hire her for your special celebration or event.

She currently teaches Beginning and Continuing Bellydance classes in Cary.